Central Kalahari Game Reserve
South of the Okavango Delta and dominating Botswana, the 10 million acre Central Kalahari Game Reserve is one the biggest protected areas in Africa. Its diverse wildlife and seemingly endless, stunning arid scenery offers a stark contrast to verdant islands of the delta. The Kalahari Desert is the largest unbroken stretch of sand in the world with the reserve at its heart, a vast flat expanse of scrub covered fossil dunes interspersed with ancient river valleys.
The area receives some rainfall between January & March and bursts into bloom with the rich grasslands attracting an annual migration of zebra as well as impressive herds of springbok, wildebeest and gemsbok, which move seasonally with the rains. And where the plains- game migrate, so do the predators with large numbers of lion, cheetah and hyena in attendance. A favourite in the region are the ever inquisitive and watchful meerkats.
The reserve also attracts a wide variety of bird life with over 220 species identified including the Crimson-breasted Shrike, Violet-eared Waxbill and Southern Pied Babbler.
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